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Researchers

The German Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) provides for three ways in which researchers from third countries can obtain a legal residence title in Germany while carrying out their research. If you wish to work at a German research organisation only, you may be able to be issued with a residence title for research purposes. This also applies if you will be researching in other EU Member States as well as at the German organisation, but will be spending most of your overall EU residence period in Germany.

Should most of your residence period be spent in another EU Member State, you will need to apply for a residence title there under Directive 2016/801/EU. This residence title will permit you to research at a German research organisation for a specific period (You will find details further below at "Short-term mobility", as well as at "Residence permits for mobile researchers").

Residence title for research purposes

As a researcher, you can be issued with a residence permit for research purposes in accordance with section 20 of the Residence Act

  • if a research organisation has concluded a valid hosting agreement with you or a similar contract to implement a research project, and
  • your livelihood is secured by a specific minimum monthly net income. This can be documented by salary, grants or your own savings showing that your livelihood is secure.

Short-term mobility

The rules on mobility within the EU applying to third-country nationals coming to the EU for research purposes have been eased. This means that if you have already been issued with a residence title under the Directive on conditions of entry and residence (Directive 2016/801/EU) in another EU Member State, you may come to Germany and research here without applying for a German residence title. This is contingent on you working at a German research organisation for a maximum of 180 days within a 360-day period. The member states Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark will not implement the Directive.

In order to be able to exercise short-term mobility in Germany, the host research organisation in Germany needs to send a notification to the National Contact Point at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. The notification needs to be submitted as soon as the intention to conduct research in Germany is decided.

Information on the notification:

If a researcher is to come to Germany within the short-term mobility mechanism, the host research organisation needs to send an appropriate notification to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. In order to do so, the notification form (see Download in the right-hand column [only available in German]) must be completed in full and digitally. Additionally, digital copies of the following documents need to be submitted together with the form:

  • the residence permit issued by the first EU Member State (valid throughout the entire duration of the mobilty),
  • a recognised, valid passport/replacement passport, and
  • a hosting agreement or similar contract concluded with the hosting research organisation
  • proof of subsistence (incl. proof of health insurance).

In general, all supporting documents - short of the passport and the residence permit - need to be submitted in German.

The notification form is forwarded via the BSCW server. You will find more information on registration and transmission in the right-hand column (only available in German).

After checking its completeness, the Federal Office transmits the notification to the relevant immigration office. The office may deny the planned residence within 30 days. Otherwise the Federal Office issues a certificate for mobility. This certificate is declaratory and not necessary for the entry.

Third-country nationals who have been issued with a residence permit in Germany in accordance with section 20 of the Residence Act may in turn exercise mobility in other EU Member States in which the Directive on conditions of entry and residence has also already been transposed, and may work at a research organisation there. Some Member States require a separate notification for this which is to be made to the authorities with individual responsibility; an overview of the procedures in other Member States will be made available on this page soon.

Residence permits for mobile researchers

Third-country nationals who are already in possession of a residence title under the Directive on conditions of entry and residence for an EU Member State and are planning to stay in Germany for a prolonged period (more than 180 days) may apply for a separate residence title for this purpose, known as the residence permit for mobile researchers.

You may be issued with a residence permit for mobile researchers in accordance with section 20b of the Residence Act if

  • you are in possession of a residence permit under the directive that is valid for the duration of the application procedure,
  • the residence for research purposes lasts longer than 180 days, and
  • you can present a hosting agreement or similar contract concluded with the hosting research organisation.

The application for a residence permit for mobile researchers can

  • be submitted at least 30 days before you enter Germany. In this case, residence and employment in Germany for up to 180 days within a 360-day period are considered to be permitted until the immigration authority has decided. The only condition is for the residence title issued by the other EU Member State to be still valid.
  • be submitted after entering Germany if the Federal Office has received a notification on short-term mobility before you enter the country. In this case, however, the residence permit for mobile researchers must be applied for at least 30 days prior to the end of the residence within short-term mobility. The application may also not be made at the same time as the notification on short-term mobility.

display as attention: Please note:

Applications for residence permits for mobile researchers will be turned down if they are submitted at the same time as a notification regarding short-term mobility in accordance with section 20a of the Residence Act!

Date 23 July 2018

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